LMC sanctions Giwa FC for breach of ordinance

Chris Giwa

Giwa FC was on Tuesday fined N5m by the League Management Company (LMC) following investigations into the circumstances that led to the abandoning of the NPFL matchday 12 fixture between the club and Rangers.

The sanctions on the Jos-based club include an order to play their next three home matches at the Ilorin Township Stadium, and also a fine of N100,000 on its Media Officer, David King, for breach of Clauses 1.1 and 1.5 of the code of conduct for club officials.

A statement on the LMC’s website reads: “After careful study of the match report and assessment of video evidence, Giwa FC has been charged for breaches of Rule B13.18, B13.21, B13.52, C9, C12 and C1.

“For the dis-continuation of the match due to the unruly conduct of the supporters, Giwa FC was fined N5,000,000 in line with B13.18 while the match will be concluded behind closed doors from the 74th minute on Wednesday, April 27 at the Abuja National Stadium with scores at 1-0 in favour of Rangers.

“Due to the persistent nature of such disturbances by supporters of Giwa FC, the club shall play its remaining home matches behind closed doors and supporters of the Club are banned from all League match venues for the remainder of the season; provided that the LMC reserves the right to lift the ban at any time on the condition of receipt of firm and satisfactory assurance and commitment (including training and orientation seminar for supporters of the Club under the supervision of the LMC) guaranteeing the responsible behaviour and orderly conduct of supporters of the Club.

“For acts and conduct capable of bringing the game to disrepute in breach of Rule C1, a suspended two-point deduction has been imposed on Giwa FC which will be triggered should there be any subsequent incidents of disturbances by supporters of the Club for the remainder of the season.

“Giwa FC has 48 hours within which to indicate in writing the acceptance of the exercise of Summary Jurisdiction or elect to appear before a commission.”